I was in an Apple Store yesterday with a burned-through seven year old power adapter cable.
Our much abused power adapter came with a MacBook purchased in November 2006 . That MacBook runs Lion today; very slowly at first but with various tweaks and fixes it's become acceptable for undemanding tasks.  The MacBook is in turn newer than the July 2005 G5 iMac  my son used this morning for his MacKiev Mavis Beacon typing tutorial. That eight year old machine runs pretty well, we barely notice the slowly progressing 5 year old display discoloration.
Trust me, this is all relevant. I'm going somewhere.
At the app store I was told that Apple's policy is not to service anything more than six years old, regardless of recalls. The tech then gave me a brand new L-shaped power adapter which works well . He may have been influenced by my very long purchase record .
I walked out of the store another happy customer, and I didn't look at anything. There was nothing there I was interested in.
Let me repeat that. There was nothing in the Apple Store I was interested in.
That has never happened before. I've also never had a seven year old laptop that's used every day.
It's not that I have everything Apple makes . My new Kobo Glo is a definite compromise; I'd love a less costly iPad Mini, or perhaps an affordable iPad Mini retina, or even a thinner, lighter iPad retina at today's price. Alas, the things Apple makes that we don't already own aren't the things I want from them - or they're too expensive . Gordon's Laws of Acquisition leave me nothing to look at .
This tech lethargy problem isn't unique to Apple. There's no tech hardware anyone makes that we really want or need . And it's not just hardware, there's very little software on the market that interests me.
We are in a curiously quiet time for tech lust.
- Gordon's Tech: A dead MacBook Air power adapter is magically restored. SMC problem? 10/2011 - different machine
- Gordon's Tech: MacBook: won't startup unless plugged in 2/2007 - battery problem with this gen machine.
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 Mostly tweaks or fixes to Spotlight and Time Capsule backup, some Lion features disabled, some states not saved. I switched as part of the very (very) painful MobileMe to iCloud transition.
 Has a thicker cord with more reinforcement. See also Apple's article - Mac notebooks: Reducing cable strain on your MagSafe power adapter
 Now somewhat inexplicably associated with a single AppleID (discuss), though he couldn't see it there. He had to use my home phone to lookup records.
 There are a lot of things I'd like to see, not least vastly better Calendaring and a faster, more useable Aperture, or better replacements for Google's tainted offerings. Problem is, they don't exist. I could probably make good use of an industrial video editing tool, but I don't have time to use one.
 I also have two modern Macs that will probably run OS X Mavericks fairly well. Eventually we'll replace the G5 iMac, but it's not like we're in a rush. I'm not even in a rush to get Mavericks, and I rather like the sound of it.
 Between the war with Samsung and China's rapid wage growth I don't expect prices to fall.
 Things seem even worse for Windows families. The only purchases I hear of are 15yos building gaming machines the way my generation assembled stereos.
 Ok, an Apple TV would be useful, but then I'd have to replace my 25 yo SONY CRT with the rabbit ears and the A/D converter. That's a historic artifact.